Apple M1 vs Apple A14 Bionic

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A14 Bionic
Apple M1 Apple A14 Bionic

CPU comparison

Apple M1 or Apple A14 Bionic ? In this comparison, we check which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple M1 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.20 GHz. Up to 16 GB of memory is supported in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The Apple M1 was released in Q4/2020.

The Apple A14 Bionic has 6 cores with 6 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.00 GHz. The CPU supports up to 6 GB of memory in 1 (Single Channel) memory channels. The Apple A14 Bionic was released in Q3/2020.
Apple M series Family Apple A series
Apple M1 CPU group Apple A14
1 Generation 14
M1 Architecture A14 (Firestorm/Icestorm)
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor Apple A13 Bionic
Apple M2 Successor Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Apple M1 or Apple A14 Bionic can be overclocked. You will also find the clock frequencies of the processor (single-core and multi-core) here. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor.

8 Cores 6
8 Threads 6
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.20 GHz
4x Firestorm
A-Core 3.00 GHz
2x Firestorm
2.06 GHz
4x Icestorm
B-Core 1.82 GHz
4x Icestorm
-- C-Core --

Internal Graphics

The Apple M1 or Apple A14 Bionic has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die. A processor with integrated graphics is also called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU Apple A14
1.30 GHz GPU frequency 1.00 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
1 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 5 nm
2 Max. displays 3
128 Execution units 64
1024 Shader 512
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 8 GB
DirectX Version

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the processor. The memory bandwidth depends on several factors and is given in gigabytes per second.

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
16 GB Max. Memory 6 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 1 (Single Channel)
68.2 GB/s Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache 12.00 MB
L3 Cache 16.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal Management

The Thermal Design Power (TDP for short) specifies the necessary cooling solution to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually only gives a rough idea of the real consumption of a CPU.

15 W TDP (PL1) 7 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Apple M1 or Apple A14 Bionic as well as a list of the processors ISA extensions. We have documented the architecture and the manufacturing technology for you as well as the release date.

5 nm Technology 5 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions
N/A Socket N/A
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization None
Yes AES-NI No
macOS Operating systems iOS
Q4/2020 Release date Q3/2020
-- Release price --
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Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Single-Core) results



Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core) results



Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
1590 (91%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
4247 (56%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

Apple M1 Apple M1
Apple M1 (8 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
2610 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
Apple A14 @ 1.00 GHz
1000 (38%)
Show all iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) results



AnTuTu 9 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 9 benchmark is very well suited to measuring the performance of a smartphone. AnTuTu 9 is quite heavy on 3D graphics and can now also use the "Metal" graphics interface. In AnTuTu, memory and UX (user experience) are also tested by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu version 9 can compare any ARM CPU running on Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly comparable when benchmarked on different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 9 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The rating is made up of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the working memory, and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
729968 (100%)
Show all AnTuTu 9 Benchmark results



AnTuTu 8 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
628047 (100%)
Show all AnTuTu 8 Benchmark results



Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Blender 3.1 Benchmark results



Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
14463 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark results



Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) results



V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark

V-Ray is a 3D rendering software from the manufacturer Chaos for designers and artists. Unlike many other render engines, V-Ray is capable of so-called hybrid rendering, in which the CPU and GPU work together at the same time.

However, the CPU benchmark we used (CPU Render Mode) only uses the system's processor. The working memory used plays a major role in the V-Ray benchmark. For our benchmarks we use the fastest RAM standard approved by the manufacturer (without overclocking).

Due to the high compatibility of V-Ray (including Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Unreal Engine and Blender), it is a frequently used software. With V-Ray, for example, photorealistic images can be rendered that laypeople cannot distinguish from normal photos.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4935 (100%)
Apple A14 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark results



Devices using this processor

Apple M1 Apple A14 Bionic
Apple iMac 24 (2021)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (L2020)
Apple MacBook Air (2020)
Apple Mac mini (2020)
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)
Apple iPad Air (2022)
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPad Air (4. Gen)

News and articles for the Apple M1 and the Apple A14 Bionic



Apple M1 against Apple A14 Bionic is a duel of the arm processors from Apple. The two processors have come out in the same year. But the purpose is a completely different from both.
Already in recent years, the high performance of ARM processors was evident. For some time you can already serve the everyday tasks easily.
In the in-house Apple world, the self-made processors then play their full strength and let the competitors not really look old.

The Apple M1 is the first in-house arm processor for use in mobile devices like notebooks. Due to the enormous performance, however, Apple also uses in desktop solutions such as Mac Mini.

The Apple M1 has a maximum clock of 3.2 GHz and has 8 cores. It is manufactured in 5nm and provides support for up to 16 GB LPDDR4x-4266 memory.
Its great strength is undoubtedly the integrated graphics solution. Using this, the Apple M1 is possible to easily accomplish complex arithmetic operations.

The Apple A14 Bionic is the conceptioned counterpart for the Apple M1 for the exclusively mobile use.
Like the M1, the A14 is also manufactured in 5nm and supports the same amount of memory. With 6W TDP (PL1) the power consumption but only almost half (the M1 has indicated 15W).
This also shows itself in performance should not be surprising on the basis of these clear differences.

The benchmark results clearly show the strength of the Apple M1 opposite its mobile brother to Apple A14 Bionic.
While the results are close to each other in the Geekbench 5 in the singel-core (M1 1,744 vs. A14 1.592), they can hardly be different in the multi-core test.
Here, the M1 beats the A14 significantly by almost 50% (M1 7,676 vs. A14 4.112).

Leaderboards

In our leaderboards, we have clearly compiled the best processors for specific categories for you. The leaderboards are always up to date and are regularly updated by us. The best processors are selected according to popularity and speed in benchmarks as well as the price-performance ratio.


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